Claude Hay Deep Fried Satisfied

Claude Hay Deep Fried Satisfied
Releasing definitely one of the most entertaining blues-rock albums of the year, Hay is a free-spirited Australian singer/guitarist known as a one-man-band, for playing everything himself. Here, for instance, he plays twin neck guitar, sitar, bass and drums, with female backing vocals on the title track the only other accompaniment. He comes up with a surprisingly full-blooded sound, featuring some fiery guitar and good-natured vocals and lyrics. The tone is set with opening cut "Get Me Some," a declaration of Hay's love for NYC pizza ("I hear a pizza call, I'm gonna get me some of that"). The theme continues on the title song, detailing his addiction to greasy fast food, while the funky "How Can You Live With Yourself?" bemoans our dependence on disposable technology. It's good to see Hay avoid clichéd blues themes. The only cover is an almost unrecognizable, but fun, up-tempo take on Queen classic "We Will Rock You." This will go over well at a boozy BBQ, for sure. (Independent)